a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women.

1785–95; perhaps mob slattern (itself perhaps variant of Mab for Mabel) + cap1 Unabridged
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mobcap (ˈmɒbˌkæp)
Often shortened to: mob a woman's large cotton cap with a pouched crown and usually a frill, worn esp during the 18th century
[C18: from obsolete mob woman, esp a loose-living woman, + cap]

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Word Origin & History

a type of woman's indoor cap, 1795 (as simply mob, 1748), from obs. mob "a strumpet" (earlier mab, 1557) + cap. The first element is related to obs. verb mob "to tousle the hair, to dress untidily" (1664), and perhaps ult. from mop but infl. by Mab
as a fem. name. Du. has a similar compound, mopmuts, but the relationship between it and the Eng. word is uncertain.
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